A sub-inspector (SI) has been suspended in connection with the detention of a pregnant teacher on the eve of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Punjab.
The teacher, Rajni (30), a resident of Avtar Nagar, was detained for four hours on Sunday, allegedly leading to miscarriage.
Rajni alleged that cops picked her up from her home on Sunday at 6.30am on the suspicion that she was part of the group of teachers that planned to protest and show black flags to the PM during his visit to Hussainiwala (Ferozepur) on Monday.
“I had been advised bed rest, but a sub-inspector from Bhargo Camp police station, who came along with a lady constable, to my house, refused to listen to my pleas. I was not even told why I was being taken to the police station,” Rajni said.
She suffered a miscarriage on Monday. The medical cause has been documented as ‘tension’. She has two daughters and teaches at Government Primary School, Tejmohan Nagar, Basti Sheikh.
Rajni claims that she is part of a teachers’ union, Sikhya Providers Teachers Union, whose members had planned to protest against Modi at Hussainiwala in support of their demands for better salary and regularisation of jobs.
“I am part of the union, but was not part of the group that was to protest as I was two-month pregnant,” she claimed.
Her family met assistant deputy commissioner of police (ADCP, crime) J Elanchezhian demanding action against SI Bhupinder Singh and others who detained her for four hours.
Harjinder Singh, her husband, said, “Bhupinder Singh ordered my wife to accompany her, saying that the station house officer (SHO), Bhargo camp, had summoned her. At the police station, we were not even offered a chair and from 6.45am to 9am, she kept standing. It was only around 9am that she was allowed to sit.”
Finally, it was only after area councillor Tarsem Singh along with social worker Ram Kishan Jogi intervened and provided another doctor’s prescription that Rajni was allowed to leave, he claimed.
Rajni’s father-in-law Hakam Singh submitted a complaint along with the doctor’s report and prescription to the ADCP on Wednesday.
Her husband claimed that the SI was drunk when he came to their house.
“The SI should be dismissed. He has killed our unborn child and a murder case should be registered against him,” Hakam Singh said.
Harjinder Singh Khaira, state committee member, Sikhya Providers Teachers Union, claimed the state police had been rounding up teachers since Saturday, 48 hours before Modi’s visit. “More than 500 teachers were arrested across the state. We wanted to raise the issue of our meager salary of `7,500. This too is paid after a three-month delay,” Khaira claimed.
‘Action as per law’
Elanchezhian said the incident would be verified and action taken as per law.
Late on Wednesday, deputy commissioner of police (DCP) Rajinder Singh said sub-inspector (SI) Bhupinder Singh had been suspended and shifted to the Police Lines.
“Assistant commissioner of police (west) Ravinder Pal Singh Sandhu will conduct an inquiry into the incident and a report will be submitted as soon as possible.”